J.D. Matonti is NEW-GEN’s Founder, Director and Creator. Mr. Matonti conceived the epic NEW-GEN Universe encompassing many parallel dimensions; NEW-GEN, The Underworld, Earth, Zaadar-3, Nu-Mangi among other worlds. Based on his drawings, Matonti created the vast array of superhero characters infused with NanoPowers, creatures and robots that inhabit the NEW-GEN Universe.
Mr. Matonti recently directed a Previsualization Sneak Peek for the upcoming 3D CGI Animated Film NEW-GEN: DEADALUS RISING. This Previs (developed by Persistence of Vision and David Dozoretz, STAR WARS, MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE, STAR TREK) combines revolutionary facial capture technology with Previs animation for the first time. Mr. Matonti will be collaborating with production designer Leslie Dilley (STAR WARS, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK INDEPENDENCE DAY, SUPERMAN) to create the look of the 3D CGI animated film. As director, Matonti has storyboarded the entire film as part of his visionary storytelling process.
Mr. Matonti has written and edited the six issue comic book series NEW-GEN, as well as the five issue series NEW-GEN: NEW DAWN, which is distributed by Marvel.
Matonti has over 20 years of experience in all phases of production: story development, production, editing, writing, directing, and producing. Mr. Matonti has directed Mark Hamill (STAR WARS) and Tony Oliver (MIGHTY MORPHIN’ POWER RANGERS) in the NEW-GEN teaser animatic. Previously Matonti directed music videos for top recording artists and directed and produced several live action feature films including the riveting teen thriller LETHAL JUSTICE, LOOSE WOMEN (starring Charlie Sheen, Keith David, Giancarlo Esposito, Robin Strasser and Stephen Lang), MY X-GIRLFRIEND’S WEDDING RECEPTION (starring Dom DeLuise and Deborah Gibson), BOBBY G. CAN’T SWIM (critically acclaimed film that launched the career of actor John-Luke Montias), and the documentary MONEY-DRIVEN MEDICINE (co-produced with Academy Award winner Alex Gibney).
Mr. Matonti received dual degrees from Syracuse University: a Bachelor of Science in Television, Radio, and Film from S.I. Newhouse School, the premiere communications school in the U.S., and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Crouse-Hinds School of Management.